Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lynn Plett was named the 2018 recipient of the Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes April 1.
Plett, who completed his second season at UCCS in February, accepted the award at the annual FCA breakfast at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Named for the late North Carolina State coaching icon Kay Yow, the award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career. The late Kay Yow, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009, was presented with the inaugural award at the 2008 Women’s Final Four in Tampa.
“I have seen Coach Plett exemplify the qualities of the Heart of a Coach Award in that he has put together competitive teams,” said Nathan Gibson, executive director, Athletics. “But more importantly he has used his platform to impact the hearts of his student-athletes and those around him. It has been amazing to see the UCCS women’s basketball program develop under his leadership.”
In his first season with the Mountain Lions in 2016-17, Plett guided the team to the program’s first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament championship before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Coach Plett over the last two seasons,” added Assistant Coach Liz Doran. “He is a passionate coach, who genuinely enjoys impacting and helping the young women on our team grow and develop as people and athletes. I admire his ability to remain objective and even keeled without letting his emotions rule him—I know he attributes a lot of this to his faith. His positive outlook on the game and the next opportunity have really helped our team (and staff) continue to grow.”
–by Micah Chapman, Athletics